Garden State Parkway

Southern Terminus:
NJ 109 in Cape May
Northern Terminus:
New York-New Jersey border
172.40 miles
Cape May, Atlantic, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Union, Essex, Passaic, Bergen

The Garden State Parkway is a major north/south highway in New Jersey. It begins in Cape May, near the southernmost point in the state, and extends north along the Jersey Shore to Woodbridge. There, it crosses the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) and runs parallel to and a few miles west of it. When the turnpike curves to the east toward the George Washington Bridge, the parkway continues north to the border with New York. It has a short extension on the other side of the state line connecting it to the New York Thruway (I-87/I-287). Like other highways that are designated as parkways, the Garden State Parkway does not allow trucks for a good part of its length. However, trucks are allow south of exit 105, the interchange with the Monmouth Freeway (NJ 18). Unlike the parkways in New York and Connecticut, the Garden State Parkway is a toll highway. It is different from most toll highways, though, in that drivers are not given a ticket when they get on and required to pay a toll when they exit. Instead, there are multiple tollbooths along the highway itself and drivers must pay a toll at each one that they pass. The Garden State Parkway carries an unsigned designation of NJ 444; there is no route number posted.


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